10 man Iran beats Korea - VIDEO
By 16/10/2012 11:42:00
10-man Iran beat Asian giant South Korea 1-0 in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday.
Iran captain Javad Nekounam scored the winning goal with a shot from just outside the penalty area in the 75th minute.
The Koreans were the better team in the first half and hit the bar twice.
Iran’s Masoud Shojaei was sent off by Singaporean referee Abdul Malik Bin Abdul Bashir in the 55th minute after receiving his second yellow card.
South Korea remains atop Group A with seven points on goal difference. Iran is second with seven points. The Uzbeks are third with five points, one point ahead of Qatar and Lebanon.
Uzbekistan defeated Qatar 1-0 in Doha in the group. Striker Sanjar Tursunov was the match-winner with a 13th minute goal.
Australia also registered its first win in Group B by beating Iraq 2-1 in Doha on goals from Tim Cahill and Archie Thompson in the final 10 minutes. Asian champion Japan, which lost an exhibition match against Brazil 4-0 today, leads the group with 10 points, five more than Australia and Oman, which beat Jordan 2-1.
All 10 teams have now played four of their eight matches. The winners and runners-up from each group take the region’s four direct berths at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the third-place teams playing off for the right to take on South America’s fifth-ranked nation for another spot.
The next round of matches is scheduled for Nov. 14.